About Surgical Excision
One of the most widely recognized melanoma skin cancer solutions is surgical excision. During this procedure, board-certified and fellowship-trained dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson will remove the melanoma or cancerous growth along with the bordering tissue, which may appear to be benign. The excised (or removed) skin tissue will be passed to a pathologist for further testing to ascertain whether the tissue border is cancer-free. In case the tissue proves to be cancerous, a secondary procedure would be required to remove all cancer. Dr. Wilkerson will consult with you to determine if surgical excision is the right treatment choice for your condition.
"All i can say is Dr Wilkerson and his staff , especially his assistant, Jackie. . are more than wonderful. THEY ARE TERRIFIC! i had a serious skin rash fungus. All meds and creams were not working. Then Dr Wilkerson did some research and recommended an intense med regime. Only problem: Walgreens said my ins co would not cover the $960 cost. !! As i prepared to shell out the money Jackie pleaded with me to wait. Have no idea what "magic" she and the Dr did but i got a call a few hours later from her and they had convinced the ins to pay for the med. My cost was a $40 co pay! I tried a few dermatologists since living in Ft Lauderdale. Dr Wilkerson and his staff are my "go to " Dermatologist!! M Mann"- M.M. / Google / Mar 14, 2020
"All i can say is Dr Wilkerson and his staff , especially his assistant, Jackie. . are more than wonderful. THEY ARE TERRIFIC!i had a serious skin rash fungus. All meds and creams were not working.Then Dr Wilkerson did some research and recommended an intensemed regime. Only problem: Walgreens said my ins co would notcover the $960 cost. !!As i prepared to shell out the money Jackie pleaded with me to wait.Have no idea what "magic" she and the Dr did but i got a call a few hours later from her and they had convinced the ins to pay for the med.My cost was a $40 co pay!I tried a few dermatologists since living in Ft Lauderdale. Dr Wilkerson and his staff are my "go to " Dermatologist!!M Mann"- M.M. / Google / Mar 12, 2020
"On my 1st visit as a new patient I'm more than pleased to say that both Dr. Wilkerson and his medical assistant, Jackie, lived up to the 5 Star reviews. Both are very pleasant, low key, knowledgeable and the office is impeccable. At the moment I have no insurance and Dr. Wilkerson was very up front in discussing private pay. Without going into detail I was pleasantly surprised at the pricing. I am currently catching up on my skin health and after 3 visits remain impressed with this gem of a practice."- P.L. / Google / Feb 27, 2020
"Im canadian and i was on vacation in Ft Lauderdale, i developed a skin reaction so I called this office to make an appointment. Doctor was exceptionally helpful during my full exam. I highly recommend this clinic."- T.S. / Google / Feb 15, 2020
"Jackie and Doctor Wilkerson are awesome. The office is spotless the doctor and his staff are friendly. Having Scalp Treatment done. And a little filler to make me feel younger. Very happy with this doctor."- S.R. / Facebook / Feb 07, 2020
Surgical Excision Ideal Candidates
You are likely a good candidate for surgical excision if you have skin cancer around your torso, arms, or legs. This procedure is normally simpler and faster than other surgical removal techniques but is not as cosmetically inconspicuous, meaning you will likely have a scar. This technique is sometimes utilized to allow for thorough observation of skin cancer sample so patients in need of further diagnostic testing may also be candidates for surgical excision.
Surgical Excision Surgical Technique
Since surgical excision is an invasive procedure, anesthesia will be provided. For smaller, easy-to-reach melanomas, a local anesthetic will be administered. If a melanoma is larger and in a more difficult location, general anesthesia could be required. Prior to surgery, Dr. Wilkerson will thoroughly clean the treatment area and administer anesthesia. The cancer will then be cut away using a scalpel and horizontal cuts around the growth and surrounding tissue. An electrode can be utilized to execute a feathering technique, which will smooth the edges around the wound. This helps to get rid of extra cells from the growth and minimizes the likelihood of scarring.
Small excisions can be sutured together while larger excisions may need a skin graft to close up the wound. A chemical will be applied to the treatment area to stop any bleeding, and an antibiotic will be prescribed to accelerate the healing process. In addition, a sterile badge will be applied to the wound to protect it and keep it from getting infected.
What to Expect with Surgical Excision
The length of your recovery and downtime could vary, depending on the location and size of the particular excision, as well as whether skin grafts were required to complete your treatment. After your surgery, you may experience a burning sensation or general discomfort in the area where the growth was removed. For the first few days following the surgery, you are advised to take an over-the-counter medication, such as acetaminophen to alleviate pain. You can also expect some scarring which will appear red at first but will lighten over time. Several creams or gels can be utilized to help reduce the chance of scarring. To protect the wound, a bandage should be placed on the treatment site when in the sun.
Skilled Melanoma Treatment
Whenever you encounter a growth that appears abnormal, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. The growth could be cancerous and the sooner it is discovered, the better your chance for survival. An excision could be warranted and could remove all the cancer before it spreads to surrounding skin and body parts. Excision also allows for cells to undergo further testing that might confirm whether all of the cancer has been removed. Make an appointment at Fort Lauderdale Dermatology as soon as you can to meet with seasoned dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson who will analyze the growth, discuss medical and family history, and discuss all options, including if surgical excision is the right treatment for you.